- Paperback: 541 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (November 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494300907
- ISBN-13: 978-1494300906
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About the Author
In addition to running the screenwriting blog The 15-Minute Movie Method (www.15minutemoviemethod.com), Wallace Wang has also written several dozen books including "Microsoft Office For Dummies" and "Breaking Into Acting For Dummies." When not writing screenplays, he also performs stand-up comedy, having appeared on television comedy shows such as A&E's "Evening at the Improv" as well as performing in Las Vegas. The 15-Minute Movie Method are a set of guidelines for structuring a story that he has developed after watching hundreds of movies. Using the story structure from such classic films as "Star Wars," "Die Hard," "The Hunger Games," and "Harold and Maude," he has created a method for helping aspiring screenwriters design their screenplay properly from the start by focusing on the story foundation first. When not writing screenplays and doing stand-up comedy, he runs several other websites including The Electronic Author (http://www.electronicauthor.com) where he provides tips for creating interactive e-books, and his technology blog (http://www.topbananas.com) where he writes about changes in the technology world. He also runs a cat enthusiast site called Cat Daily News (http://catdailynews.com) in memory of his four cats: Bo, Scraps, Tasha, and Nuit, who brought so many hours of entertainment and anxiety to his life over the years.
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by an instructor who had written extensively for the television industry,
and had movie credits as well. He was a bestselling novelist.
In all of the semester, he did not teach our class anything--ANYTHING--
about screenwriting, either structure, dialogue, characterization, or
story telling. Why? Because he did not know anything about it. Apparently
nobody in Hollywood did, according to Bill Goidman, writer of Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid: no one knew anything about anything in Hollywood.
Then, Syd Field's book, Screenwriting, was published, revealing the Three-Act Model in screenplay writing.
Oh, I devoured that book. My friends and I devoured that book. Likely every
screenwriter devoured that book. The Three Act Structure was the mantra, and
I believed it. We believed it. Everyone who had hope to ever write a screenplay
believed it. It was our great hope. Storytelling was based on the Three Act Structure,
decreed by muses and screenwriting deities alike, They decreed it, I believed it.
That settled it. The only problem, of course, was, the @$#^%$ muses and deities
didn't tell me how to get from Point A to Point B, from plot point to plot point. We had
to figure out how to fill 60 minutes in the second act BY OURSELVES. (Sometimes,
just after the horror music built, I could see myself strangling a muse, screaming,
"WHAT COMES NEXT IN ACT TWO? WHAT COMES NEXT IN ACT TWO?" The
muse smiles that cruel smile of musery, and strangles out, "Woulden-choo like to
know, Chahlie?" O, I knew it. I knew it. She was giving my stories to Chahlie!)
Then, something happened. Now I couldn't believe it--but there it was. Someone
DARED--dee-double DARED--to suggest there was another screenwriting/
novel writing/storytelling model. The gasps across America, across California, across the UCLA
campus, were loud and, well, long.
The screenwriting world--of which I considered myself a part, not because of my vast
body of work on the screen, but because I struggled to write and complete them,
my foot trunk, like those of every writer, being full--reeled at the revelation that there was
a new paradigm--The Four Part Story. Apparently the deities and muses--less one,
Chahlie's friend--had been holding out on us.
The Four Part Story Model means that storytelling--especially screenwriting--can be divided
into eight parts. Now, we no longer have to depend on muses to get us through
the Second Act. Now, there is a model to make that effort much, much easier.
The model works.
And it is explained thoroughly and accurately in The 15-Minute Movie Method (Screenwriting Made Easy).
If you're a struggling screenwriter or storyteller of any kind, buying this book will be one of the best purchases
you will EVER make.
If you have ever experienced the joy where you jump and down, screaming, "I made it! I made it!" because
you somehow got to page 60 in your screenplay, then you'll be glad to know that there are three pages,
15, 30, and 45, that will get you to page 60 faster, and with three sign posts to guide you there. It is here,
in The 15-Minute Movie Method (Screenwriting Made Easy).
Whenever there is a Syd Field parade--and if there isnt, there should be--I stand at attention and salute.
He was the first guide, the one who made sense, the one who helped tame the muses.
And it is The 15-Minute Movie Method (Screenwriting Made Easy) that will teach you the entire process
of getting through the three act screenwriting structure in eight 15 minute steps.
Chahlie, we're on your tail now, man. YOU'RE the one looking over your shoulder, asking, "Who Are
Those Guys?" We're the ones who bought The 15-Minute Movie Method (Screenwriting Made Easy).
When we finished, each student had a complete, unique story that reflected who they were. Stories ranged from neighbors fighting over a "Best Garden" award, to a blind ninja superhero, to girls with lousy boyfriends/husbands, to a dragon who wanted to be a fairy godmother. In the end, they all produced something they could be proud of and I got to see my students' writing grow by leaps and bounds.
Was hoping the book would dig deeper and provide a few more insights than many of the existing screenwriting books.